Not the Same Old Gifts for Dad

June 10, 2008 5:59:56 PM PDT
The National Retail Federation says the average person is going to spend $88.80 on Father's Day gifts this year. You could take the easy way out and buy tee-shirts or DVDs, but if you're looking to buy something different, Shannon Ridgeway, marketing manager of The Glen Town Center in Glenview www.theglentowncenter.com has some suggestions:

Dick's Sporting Goods: www.dickssportinggoods.com

Ladder Toss is the newest tailgating/backyard game. It's fun for the entire family and perfect for barbeques and family get-togethers. Toss the ball to catch the ladder rungs. The higher the rung, the higher the score! $39.99

Surprise Dad with a fresh new Cubs or Sox authentic road performance baseball cap. From $22.99 - $31.99.

Artisan Shop featuring handmade gifts by local artists

Kaleidoscope that runs directly through a baseball. Baseball kaleidoscope, use your imagination, but the kaleidoscope runs right through a real baseball. $34

Wine Bottle holder/caddy: fisherman, TV-watcher, dentist, chef, carpenter, doctor, police officer and other occupations. $88

Desk Gong. $58

Paper Clip series: artistic head of a man where his hair is made up of a mess of paper clips with a magnet to collect more; perfect for desk at home or office. $28

Jos. A. Banks: www.josbank.com

You can't go wrong with a cotton polo-golf shirt. $50-$60

Special to Jos A. Banks: the new Collegiate Striped tie series available in your college colors-what fun today we have brought to you Illini colors, Northwestern and Michigan State if available $59

Surprise Dad with a new affordable fashion trend "the pocket square." They are everywhere and can really add that something extra to a polished hip look. Available in colorful solids, polka dots and other fun patterns. They can be worn in two ways: folded or just looking as though it was pushed in. $15 and up

How to Dress Like a Gentleman in 2008 book, a Jos. A. Banks specialty item with refreshing tips and advice on what to wear, how to wear it and good grooming tips. $14.95

Color Me Mine: www.glenview.colormemine.com

Join the fun and come paint something special for dad. Hand prints are cute since kids grow up much too fast, but desk accessories like a pencil holder, paper clip tray/box, or coffee mug will be appreciated too. The Color Me Mine art studio is filled with a selection of ceramics; children of all ages are invited to drop in paint a creation from the heart for dad. A one time fee of $6 plus the cost of the ceramic piece.

Ritz Camera: www.ritzcamera.com

GPS mobile navigation unit with a 3 ½ inch touch screen. This gives voice directions by turns and the best part is that it can be moved from car to car. $149 7 inch portable digital picture frame. It plays on batteries or electricity. $99.99


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